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Thursday 24 February 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National
Autism Cook Islands swimming lessons are underway at Social Centre on Monday and Wednesday. PHOTO: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/ 22022330
Kat Jenson from Autism Cook Islands said the
children were really enjoying the lessons.
“Kids with autism do tend to love the water,
it’s really good for their anxiety and all that sort of stuff so the water is
really good for them,” Jenson said.
“We had one boy who was adamant he wasn’t
going to get in the water, wasn’t going to participate, he wasn’t going to do
anything, and now he’s in there doing backstroke… they love it.”
One of the mothers, Maine Foster said her son
looks forward to swimming every Wednesday.
“He loves the water, he would stay in if he
could from the morning to sundown, but what they’re doing is teaching him
safety and learning to swim properly,” Foster said.
“It keeps him occupied as well because he does
get bored easily.”
Foster said her son was learning a valuable
There were six children over the age of 12 swimming on
Wednesday and eight children swimming on Monday who were under 12.